Only Greg pointed out that the real value of a cliniical ttrials registry was to help avoid potential safety flaws and develop more targeted medicines and treatment regimens on a real time basis. (I think the industry is inching towards acceptance ... as it should)
And only Greg made the point, diplomatically, that the real crisis is not a lack of safe drugs but a lack of effective CURES being developed for patients being killed and crippled by horrible illnesses. As Garret Fitzgerald cogently observed and was cogently quoted (kudos to those reporters who did their job in this regard) with respect to studies about Arcoxia, Merck's latest COX-2, the use of many drugs for broadly shared problems (pain) will have to be tailored by metabolic response, age, co-morbidity, instead of banned and panned outright.
There is an unhealthy relationship between the HELP committee and the IOM panel ... There is no speaking truth to power. Instead, it is an effort on the part of the IOM committee to pass legislation it likes. I hope the committee ignores IOM and listens to Greg Simon.
Better use of medicines in a targeted fashion require a total feedback loop and not a balance of cultures or a massive purcahse of claims databases or the FDA's equivalents of a quasi-kosher certification as the IOM proposes. It would have been nice if the IOM had some really scientists on the panel...but that would have meant having a chair who wasn't threatend byy such expertise....